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E3 2009: It's On!

The ESA has pumped out a list of exhibitors for this year's E3, and most of the players you'd expect to see all up on the show floor are already up in there.

The ESA has announced a partial list of exhibitors for this year's E3, which will take place in early June at the LA Convention Center. Yes, we are precisely four months away from the start of E3 2009. That's kind of soon! We should probably start planning our coverage a bit so it doesn't all sneak up on us.

I expect our coverage will bear a passing resemblance to this...

  


...except it will be bigger, better, and probably more bad-ass, as well.

That should dovetail nicely into what E3 2009 is shaping up to be this year, because the exhibitor list makes it sound like it'll be achieving the three B's, too. Here's the list provided by the ESA:

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • Atari, Inc.
  • Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
  • Bethesda Softworks LLC
  • Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
  • Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.
  • Eidos Interactive
  • Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • Epic Games, Inc.
  • 505 Games
  • IndieCade
  • KOEI Corporation
  • Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
  • LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC
  • Majesco Entertainment Company
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Midway Games Inc.
  • MTV Games
  • Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
  • Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Rebellion
  • Sega of America, Inc.
  • Serious Games
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • Sony Online Entertainment LLC
  • Square Enix, Inc.
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • THQ Inc.
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.

You might notice a few publishers missing from the list, like D3, NCsoft, and Valve. Also, Activision and LucasArts bailed on last year's show, but they'll be in the house this time. Exhibit space is still up for sale, so keep in mind that this isn't the final list.

OK, let's throw it open with the most speculative question you can ask about video games... what do you want to see at E3 this year? 
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Posted by Jeff
The ESA has announced a partial list of exhibitors for this year's E3, which will take place in early June at the LA Convention Center. Yes, we are precisely four months away from the start of E3 2009. That's kind of soon! We should probably start planning our coverage a bit so it doesn't all sneak up on us.

I expect our coverage will bear a passing resemblance to this...

  


...except it will be bigger, better, and probably more bad-ass, as well.

That should dovetail nicely into what E3 2009 is shaping up to be this year, because the exhibitor list makes it sound like it'll be achieving the three B's, too. Here's the list provided by the ESA:

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • Atari, Inc.
  • Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
  • Bethesda Softworks LLC
  • Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
  • Disney Interactive Studios, Inc.
  • Eidos Interactive
  • Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • Epic Games, Inc.
  • 505 Games
  • IndieCade
  • KOEI Corporation
  • Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
  • LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC
  • Majesco Entertainment Company
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Midway Games Inc.
  • MTV Games
  • Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
  • Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Rebellion
  • Sega of America, Inc.
  • Serious Games
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • Sony Online Entertainment LLC
  • Square Enix, Inc.
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • THQ Inc.
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.

You might notice a few publishers missing from the list, like D3, NCsoft, and Valve. Also, Activision and LucasArts bailed on last year's show, but they'll be in the house this time. Exhibit space is still up for sale, so keep in mind that this isn't the final list.

OK, let's throw it open with the most speculative question you can ask about video games... what do you want to see at E3 this year? 
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Posted by SamuraiBudgerigar

What I want to see?

Dunno, free pizza?

Posted by End_Boss

Elephants. Definitely something to do with elephants.

Posted by Miniman

It's a long shot but I would love to see some live Giant Bomb E3 coverage :P

Posted by Pazy

I hope its a lot like that, its very funny and I love the fact you can get indepth conversation with the people who make the game and I can actually hear them!

Posted by OmegaPirate

God i wish i could make it to one of these convention events - any of em really, it sounds like such fun!

Posted by Hamz

I'd love to see some announcement from Valve on the Half Life series. What the plan is after Episode 3 or when we will get to see some information on the much anticipated Episode 3. Surprised they aren't on the list right off the bat, but like you said it isn't a final list.

Some information on BioShock 2 would be sweet. I'm hearing some nasty rumours about multiplayer in the game, say it ain't so Jeff...say it ain't so....

Look forward to the GiantBomb crews coverage of E3, last year was a blast and this year I expect big things now the site is established and stuff is going well for you all. Just remember swag makes good prizes for competitions :P I hear the Mods have been doing a lot of work lately.....just incase you need some ideas on where or who to send the swag too lol.

Posted by Demodocus

I want to find out what Bethesdas working on other than Fallout 3 content.  Maybe Elder Scrolls V?!?!?!

Posted by MattyFTM
Jeff said:
"...except it will be bigger, better, and probably more bad-ass, as well."
Only probably more bad-ass? So it might not be more bad ass? That's a huge letdown.
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Posted by spiredcrescent

I would like to see an american final fantasy launch date

Posted by alsnuts2

Confirmation on Half Life 2 ep 3 for 2012

Posted by Jensonb

E3 is once again crazy.

Which is good.

Because Giant Bomb is still crazy.

Posted by LordAndrew

505 Games is there? Awesome. I look forward to the breaking news about Kira Kira Pop Princess and the Michael Phelps game.

Posted by Canberra

Hopefully somthing to do with whatever team ico's been cooking up.
but i shant hold my breath...well maybe a little bit

Posted by Lilarcor

So does this mean that all the efforts to make it smaller were essentially just a failed experiment?

Posted by Paradigmer

E3 09 coverage should a thousand more trippy loop cuts at the end!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I have a huge wishlist.  Any information on Jagged Alliance 3, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, new creative IP's, more RPG's for the consoles or the PC, and a firm release date on FFXIII would be amazing.  I'd also just like some news from the big 3 on what they have in the cards for years to come.

But for me, the biggest hook is the surprises.  I don't need bombshells, but a surprisingly good-looking game announcement or a previously-unannounced sequel suits me just fine.

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Posted by strangeling

Just do what you all do, and I will be satisfied.

Posted by Serker

The Darkness 2 please.

Posted by FLStyle
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Existance
  • Valkyria Chronicles DLC
  • RA3 on PS3 (if it hasn't already been released(even though even if it's been released in U.S.A. it still won't have been released in UK so that way I get no game and no E3 showing))
  • The Legend of Dragoon 2
  • Street Fighter iv plus 3

That's about it for me thanks, not to much to ask I don't think.

Posted by XaiaX

Will there be any Drank™ themed games? A la the Doritos game, except, more like "Saunter of Sedation".

Posted by iAmJohn

Who's IndieCade and Serious Games?

And where's SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
Posted by Will1Lucky

Bethesda eh? I wouldn't mind seeing a Fallout 3 expansion or some new Trek games. And I wouldn't mind seeing new info from Activision about COD Modern Warfare 2.

Posted by Tearhead

I definitely want to see more of M.A.G; some gameplay and let me know it's gonna be free to play online... no subscriptions.  Uhhh... I wanna see what Nintendo's gonna hit me with, hopefully this is the year for the Zeldas and new Mario RPG, pleeeaaaassseee? Also wanna look at that new Tales game comming for the Wii.  If NCsoft goes I would like to hear something about Guild Wars 2.

Posted by Jotun

I'd like to see some surprises. E3 has been sort of lame the last few years with lack of anything actually surprising. It's all just been info on games we already knew (or assumed) were coming.

Edited by skrutop

I'm always interested in seeing MS's, Sony's, and Nintendo's press conferences.  After that, I don't really pay much attention, since most of the games announced won't come out for a long time (and then I won't buy them for a long time after that).

That being said, I'm a sucker for booth babe coverage, so if you want some cheap page hits from me, that'd be the way to go.

Posted by TheHBK

I want to see more Wii Motion + stuff, this might pick up the Wii game catalog and more GameCube remakes using the WiiMote.
As far as the Xbox 360 is concerned, I hope maybe we see some Mass Effect 2, Rage?, Marvel Vs Capcom 2 on xbox originals or XBLA, Call of Duty 6, Halo ODST, something new and original to get excited about though.

Posted by deaux

Kentia Hall dungeon crawl.  Find me a lightsaber attachment for the Wii remote, a $10k racing game pod, and a churro.

Posted by zitosilva

I'd really like for a new Kid Icarus game to be announced. And to see something more of Heavy Rain would be interesting. Oh, and Pikmin 3, yeah, I want to see it.

Posted by Claude

I want Nintendo to remember me.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I just want to hear something from Valve, but I hope they go.  Any Half Life or DLC news for 360 owners will satiate me. Also, another Bethesda game will hopefully be announced. Hopefully.

Posted by Scheds

Alan Wake or it doesn't exist.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Hopefully we'll see some big game announcements, given that its in June this year.

Posted by dtran1212
Posted by oNsJUGGERNAUT

I want to see some more info on Alan Wake, and I want at least one of the big three to drop a bomb on us this year..... A GIANTBOMB.

Posted by zoozilla

I want to see some more about Halo: ODST.

It better be at least a little different from the core Halo series.

Edited by MrKlorox

GTA5. I'm sick of Liberty City before I've even gotten to play the (not GTA5) DLC episodes.

Battlefield 3 (not just BF Heroes)

Tony Hawk 10 -- the "Skate killer".

Starbreeze's Syndicate game.

A fucking Road Rash revival.

Something to make me want the Wii Motion Plus peripheral.

EDIT: Tarsier, if I'm not mistaken, the three HL2 episodes combined are supposed to be HL3. Next would be either HL4 or the end of the Freeman saga (unlikely)

Also, I wanna see Rage really badly and maybe some Doom 4.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Duke Nukem Forever or Alan Wake...So Jeff can shut the F up :D

(Why is Denis Dyack showing up everywhere, what is the world trying to tell me!?)

Posted by mracoon

I think Valve partner with EA for the event and I hope they show off HL2: Ep3

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Posted by Jeggstar

*Ahem*


Dead Rising 2.


That is all.

Posted by Roy42

I want to see Nintendo redeem itself from last year's E3, *shudder*

Regards,

    ≈Roy
Posted by tekmojo
bolsita_de_te said:
"I want to find out what Bethesdas working on other than Fallout 3 content.  Maybe Elder Scrolls V?!?!?!"
!! I hope so!
Posted by whoozwah

I'd much rather see Sega of Japan than Sega of America

Posted by Ututu222

Agreed, Roy. Only gamers bother watching E3, and potential investors, so why the hell did they aim that at casual gamers? Madness, I tell you.

Posted by MB
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Posted by Cheapoz

MGS4-360 for end 09.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Jeff.... Were yuo STONED, or was there a booth babe off behind the camera that the other guys couldn't see???

Can't wait, any news on just how much back to the old school E3 its gunna be this year? I get that it was a lot more conveniant for you press chaps, but it was still on a smaller scale, no denying that, less media, less coverage even, and I for one was bumbed that the one year I could have gone, I couldn't go.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

GT5

Posted by DonnieKnox25

Assassin's Creed 2, Mass Effect 2, and Bioshock 2 most of all. I'd like to see more about the DSi, and I'd like to see some awesome new games.

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